Independence Day is almost here, and for those looking to celebrate close to home there is no shortage of holiday fun planned in the southwest metro.
A tradition in Deephaven since 1961, the festivities kick off in Cottagewood with a parade. Participants follow the same route taken during that very first parade, Deephaven Police barricades the streets and the Excelsior Fire District leads the multi‐generational parade of participants that include kids on bikes, tiny tots in strollers, teens on skateboards, human‐powered floats and patriotic pets all decorated in red, white and blue. Children's Park, across the street from the Cottagewood General Store, is transformed into a carnival grounds where kids play games for prizes, test their throwing arm at the dunk tank, and of course there is always a giant inflatable. Visit cottagewoodusa.com to learn more about this annual tradition.
The annual Lake Minnetonka celebration will kick off with the Firecracker Run and will continue throughout the day with food, music, fun and new this year, a Ferris wheel. Favorite events include the sand sculpture contest, petting zoo and Water Street kids parade and Popsicle social, culminating in fireworks over Excelsior Bay. Visit excelsior-lakeminnetonkachamber.com/lake-minnetonka-4th-of-july.html to learn more.
Join in the festivities at the 58th Wayzata Kiddy Parade and Mini-Olympics. Come and enjoy refreshments and appearances by Uncle Sam, the Statue of Liberty, Betsy Ross and Mickey and Minnie Mouse. All children should be accompanied and supervised by an adult. For safety, no battery or motorized vehicles are allowed. The Wayzata Fire Department will host the Mini-Olympics. Come and participate in relay races and other events. Kids ages 5-12 can participate and all children will leave with a ribbon. The parade starts at 10 a.m. at the corner of Park Street and Broadway Avenue North, Wayzata; the Mini-Olympics start at 12:30 p.m. at Wayzata West Middle School, 149 Barry Ave. N.
Enjoy entertainment, food, activities and more throughout the day at Round Lake Park! The fun will include inflatables, BMX demonstrations, kids activities, giant games, food, vendors, pickleball tournament, a 5K Fun Run, face painting, henna tattoos, street art, a karaoke contest, the Eden Prairie Baseball Association Firecracker Classic, karaoke from 5–7 p.m., trivia from 5:30–7:30 p.m., live music from Synergy at 8 and 10:30 p.m. and fireworks at 10 p.m.
The 36th annual Fourth of July celebration will be held at City Center Park. Fun will include a carnival, Taste of Chanhassen, games and activities, a petting zoo, pony rides, a street dance, Chalk it Up, the Summer Skateboard Series, a kids parade, business expo, fishing and much more. Visit ci.chanhassen.mn.us for a full schedule of events for July 2, 3 and 4. The Fourth will conclude with fireworks over Lake Ann at 10 p.m. The Chanhassen American Legion Post 580 in partnership with the Chanhassen Lions will be hosting free July 5 events including a bean bag tournament (2 p.m.), live music from The Amplifiers (4 p.m.), and MIW wrestling (6 p.m.).